50 Main Street in Brattleboro, Vermont
In recognition of the 35th year of the AIDS pandemic and to honor the work of the AIDS Project of Southern Vermont (APSV), “A Weekend to Remember & Celebrate… Life, Loss, Love” will be presented at the Latchis Theatre, 50 Main Street in Brattleboro, Vermont.
The benefit weekend begins on Saturday, October 15 at 7:30pm with the one-night-only performance of the 1989 show, “Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens,” the first piece written about the AIDS pandemic. Elegies is a song cycle with music by Janet Hood and lyrics and additional text by lyricist Bill Russell. It debuted in 1989 at the Ohio Theatre in Manhattan’s SoHo district before moving on to London. Each of the monologues is written from the perspective of characters who’ve died from AIDS, and the songs represent the feelings of friends and family members dealing with the loss. The piece was developed in the late 1980s and originally entitled “The Quilt” to acknowledge the AIDS Memorial Quilt, founded in 1985 by AIDS activist, Cleve Jones.
Time Lapse Dance Artistic Director, Jody Sperling, will open the program with a performance of her solo “Piece for a Northern Sky” set to original music by Matthew Burtner.
Elegies Director Sam Maskell and Music Director Richard Smith are joined by a cast comprised of singers and actors from Vermont and New Hampshire, including leads Allie McGahie, Zac Binney, Gregory Higgins and Jeanie Levesque. For a full cast list, visit www.elegiesvt.com.
Tickets: Balcony $20; Orchestra $40; VIP $75 (includes a pre-show reception)
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